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Latest Issue: April 2014

NEWS

BREAKING NEWS
The hunt continues for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Embraer rolls out the improved ERJ-175, Daher-Socata reveals the TBM 900, Singapore orders A330 tanker transports, and the first Peruvian KAI KT-1P flies.

GENERAL NEWS
BAE Systems dusts off Replica, Luke AFB in Arizona welcomes its first F-35A Lightning II, Airbus doubles its A350 test fleet, Turkey orders T-70 Black Hawks, and Pilatus flies the first PC-21 for Qatar.

Features

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
Robert F Dorr explains how the US Air Force’s confidence in the F-22 is increasing after ten years in service.

CHINA’S MIGHTY DRAGON
The fifth-generation Chengdu J-20 is a symbol of how far China’s aerospace industry has progressed. Andreas Rupprecht chronicles the programme.

FEEDING AT FRANKFURT
Chris Kjelgaard visits Lufthansa’s Hub Control Center at Frankfurt Airport, possibly the largest of any European airline.

SKYLON - BRITAIN’S FUTURE IN SPACE?
The innovative spaceplane and powerplant are detailed by Clive Simpson. As development advances, he asks if Skylon could be the single stage-to-orbit breakthrough needed to lower space access costs.

SERBIA’S SWALLOW
Aleksandar Radic´ details the Lasta trainer and Kobac counter-insurgency aircraft at the heart of Serbia’s aerospace industry.

WEATHER SENTINEL
NASA is using a pair of Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawks for climate research. Mark Broadbent investigates.

SPAIN’S AB212 UPGRADE
Roberto Yáñez and Alex Rodriguez provide an overview of the upgrade of the Spanish Navy’s Agusta-Bell AB212 helicopters.

SHARKLETS & SCIMITARS
Rising fuel costs have resulted in a number of aircraft manufactuers and airlines implementing measures to improve efficiency, as Mark Broadbent discovers.

JAL’S COMEBACK
David Armstrong explains how Japan Airlines is getting back on track after a year of challenges.

THE OLD NEW & UNTESTED
Norman Graf reports on the latest Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada, while David C Isby provides details on some of the participants.

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